Biomonitoring of 45 inorganic elements measured in plasma from Spanish subjects: A cross-sectional study in Andalusian population

Heavy metals and other toxic elements are frequently detected in humans. Rare earth elements (REE) have arisen as a novel group of substances considered as emerging pollutants due to its dependence for high tech industry. We designed a study aimed to conduct the biomonitoring a total of 45 inorganic elements in the population of Andalusia…

Biomarkers of oxidative stress in blood of workers exposed to non-cholinesterase inhibiting pesticides

In occupational settings workers are often exposed to pesticides at relatively high doses compared to environmental exposures. Long-term exposure to pesticides has been associated with numerous adverse health effects in epidemiological studies, and oxidative stress is often claimed as one of the underlying mechanisms. In fact, different pesticides have been reported to induce oxidative stress…

Biomarkers of folate and vitamin B12 and breast cancer risk: Report from the EPIC cohort

Epidemiological studies have reported inconsistent findings for the association between B vitamins and breast cancer (BC) risk. We investigated the relationship between biomarkers of folate and vitamin B12 and the risk of BC in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort. Plasma concentrations of folate and vitamin B12 were determined in 2,491…

Benign Adrenocortical Tumors and the Detection of Nonadrenal Neoplasia

Context. Patients with adrenocortical tumors have been frequently observed to have nonadrenal neoplasia. Objective. To investigate whether patients with benign adrenocortical tumors have a higher likelihood of having nonadrenal neoplasia detected. Design and Participants. Case-control study of patients with benign adrenocortical tumors (cases; n = 400) and normal adrenal glands (controls; n = 400), who underwent repeated abdominal cross-sectional…

Baseline and lifetime alcohol consumption and risk of differentiated thyroid carcinoma in the EPIC study

Background: Results from several cohort and case–control studies suggest a protective association between current alcohol intake and risk of thyroid carcinoma, but the epidemiological evidence is not completely consistent and several questions remain unanswered. Methods: The association between alcohol consumption at recruitment and over the lifetime and risk of differentiated thyroid carcinoma was examined in…

Barriers and enablers in the implementation of a program to reduce cesarean deliveries

Background Conducting audits, implementing best practices and giving feedback to the professionals have shown considerable promise in reducing rates of cesarean delivery and mother-child morbidity. The purpose of the study is two-fold: a) to identify the factors that facilitate change in current practices and thus reduce the use of obstetric interventions, and b) to better…

Barriers and Benefits of the Scheduled Telephone Referral Model (DETELPROG): A Qualitative Approach

The recently developed scheduled mobile-telephone referral model (DETELPROG) has achieved especially important results in reducing waiting days for patients, but it has been decided to explore what barriers and positive aspects were detected by both primary care physicians (PCPs) and hospital attending physicians (HAPs) regarding its use. For this, a qualitative descriptive study was carried…

Autopercepción de las personas responsables en los equipos sanitarios de Andalucía. Estudio cuantitativo y cualitativo

Objetivo Conocer la percepción y autovaloración de los y las responsables de equipos sanitarios de Andalucía sobre el liderazgo. Material y métodos Diseño exploratorio descriptivo mixto cuantitativo-cualitativo, llevado a cabo entre 2013 y 2015, usando un cuestionario de elaboración propia y una entrevista semiestructurada. Emplazamiento: Andalucía. Participantes: total de responsables de las unidades de gestión…

Autopercepción de las personas responsables en los equipos sanitarios de Andalucía. Estudio cuantitativo y cualitativo

Objetivo Conocer la percepción y autovaloración de los y las responsables de equipos sanitarios de Andalucía sobre el liderazgo. Material y métodos Diseño exploratorio descriptivo mixto cuantitativo-cualitativo, llevado a cabo entre 2013 y 2015, usando un cuestionario de elaboración propia y una entrevista semiestructurada. Emplazamiento: Andalucía. Participantes: total de responsables de las unidades de gestión…

Autoimmunity plays a role in the onset of diabetes after 40 years of age

Aims/hypothesis Type 1 and type 2 diabetes differ with respect to pathophysiological factors such as beta cell function, insulin resistance and phenotypic appearance, but there may be overlap between the two forms of diabetes. However, there are relatively few prospective studies that have characterised the relationship between autoimmunity and incident diabetes. We investigated associations of…